I'm sure that "I Love Lucy" was just used as an example of our collective TV heritage, a way to propel people to care about this entire medium and its preservation.
But, for every "I Love Lucy" there are hundreds of other series, one-off specials, documentaries, newscasts, commercials and other broadcast material that is not a "cash cow" for anyone but still needs to be preserved by the Library of Congress or any other responsible institution as a document of our past.
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From: Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Tom Fine
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Subject: [ARSCLIST] backing up a point I made a while back ...
"Lucy" is still a cash cow for CBS! The LOC has no business spending one minute or dime of taxpayer time or money preserving one foot of film for CBS's cash-cow unless CBS is sending big checks to fund the efforts. If the CBS News report on the LOC's extensive efforts with I Love Lucy episodes is correct, they may have unwittingly exposed one of the worst cases of corporate welfare ever documented.
-- Tom Fine